Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s prime influence comes from his status as Shi’ism’s leading marjah al-taqlid. Born in Mashad, Iran, the young Ali began studying the Koran as a youthful prodigy at the age of five. Sistani was said to be of the “quietist” school of Islamic tradition. The Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani is undoubtedly now the most powerful man in Iraq. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Biography and Profile.
Senator Daisy Ehanire Danjuma was born on the 6th of August, 1952 in Benin City, Edo State. She worked as a State Counsel in Lagos State Ministry of Justice (DPP), a pioneer legal counsel to the Legal Aid Council. Senator Danjuma is a Trustee of the H I D Awolowo Foundation. Daisy Ehanire Danjuma is married to General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma and they have five children. More about Daisy Ehanire Danjuma Biography and Profile.
H.E. Abiy Ahmed Ali (PhD), Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ethiopian Prime Minister, was born 15 August 1976 to a Muslim father and a Christian mother. Since being sworn into office as Prime Minister, he broke with tradition – launching deeper political and economic reforms that swept across the country. Abiy Ahmed Ali Biography and Profile.
Patrick Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, Texas. He and his four siblings were raised by parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze. Dirty Dancing (1987) brought Swayze instant celebrity and established him as Hollywood’s newest heartthrob. Swayze and Lisa Niemi were married in 1975. Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009, after more than 20 months spent battling his illness. Patrick Wayne Swayze Biography and Profile.
Jessi Combs was born 27 July 1983, Black Hills of Rapid City, SD. With a lifelong desire to become a race car driver. Jessi is somewhat of an artist. She loves metal working, leather craft and photography. She was an independent and adventurous spirit, boasting, “I will try everything at least twice… I wouldn’t want to be jaded by the first attempt.” Jessi Combs Biography and Profile.
Paul Anka, born July 30, 1941 into a tight-knit Canadian family. He sang in the choir at Church and studied piano. Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It.” Paul Albert Anka Biography and Profile.
George Soros is one of the world’s foremost philanthropists. Born in Budapest, Hungary, on August 12, 1930, George Soros survived Nazi occupation followed by Communist-rule in Hungary in the mid-1940s and emigrated to London. George Soros has five children and has been divorced twice. He married his third wife, Tamiko Bolton, in 2013. George Soros Biography and Profile
Viola Davis, African-American Actress and Producer, was born 11 August 1965 in South Carolina, grew up in Rhode Island, where she began acting — first in high school, and then at Rhode Island College. After attending the Juilliard School of Performing Arts, Davis made her Broadway debut in 1996 in Seven Guitars. She has won Tony Awards for her performances in King Hedley II (2001) and a revival of August Wilson’s Fences (2010), which co-starred Denzel Washington. Viola Davis Biography and Profile.
Lori Elaine Lightfoot, born 4 August 1962, an African-American politician and lawyer who was elected Mayor of Chicago in April 2019. An experienced manager, advocate and reform expert, Lori Lightfoot has worked at the city and federal level to make government more accountable and accessible. She has The Chicago Bar Association’s Earl B. Dickerson Award (2018), The Common Cause Illinois Champion of Justice Award (2018), Named a “Woman of Influence” by the Chicago Business Journal (2017), The Chicago Inn of Court Donald Hubert Public Service Award (2017). Lori Elaine Lightfoot Biography and Profile.